Compton Verney’s collection of paintings from Naples includes four paintings of Vesuvius erupting, one example, seen below, by Pierre Jacques Volaire, An eruption of Vesuvius by Moonlight, is based on an actual eruption in 1774. This exhibition ranges from early engravings to an explosive series of paintings by Joseph Wright, J M W Turner and Andy Warhol.
The Daily Telegraph
'Nothing captures eruptions better than art, says the curator of a pyroclastic new show, James Hamilton. (He continues,) "Compton Verney’s collection includes a superb selection of Neapolitan paintings. Central among these are a fiery pair of works whose subject is the erupting Mount Vesuvius, by the French crown-prince of 18th-century volcano painting, Pierre-Jacques Volaire. Building on these, we will open a show that celebrates the artistic outpourings which volcanic eruptions have triggered over the past five centuries.
‘Roth's Surtsey prints have never, to my knowledge, been shown in Britain before. They are among the marvels of Volcano at Compton Verney, a show of paintings, prints, films and more from Turner to Warhol and beyond, all centring on these towering infernos. It is a most unusual exhibition in that it could hardly be more revealing of both art and nature... Anyone visiting this riveting show will hear the onset of a volcanic eruption from the moment they enter. It is a soundpiece, one of two exhibits that attempt to give a visceral sense of threat. The other is James P Graham's multi-screen film of Stromboli's flames and smoke, igniting the sea and blacking out the sun. It is frankly horrifying.’